Nearly two years ago Naveed Haq shot and killed Pamela Waechter at the Jewish Federation Center in Seattle. Today we learn that his interview with police after the shooting where he admits to the killing will be inadmissible because he requested a lawyer six times and was ignored each time. In addition, any evidence gathered as a result of the interview may also be inadmissible.
In their defense the police said:
This was an extraordinarily bizarre incident … we were really trying to piece it together,” detective Al Cruise testified Monday. “I wasn’t convinced that there wasn’t something else pending.”
I bring up this article just because it shows what the politics of fear do to a country. The prosecution of this person is in jeopardy because the police flaunted the law because they worried that this was a larger terrorist attack — that they had to get as much information out of this witness as possible in case new attacks were to happen around the street.
While it may have been politically expedient for the Bush Administration to instill fear in our country, it is something that has had a deeply negative effect. Instead of spending time and energy tracking down real danger, we harass ordinary Americans who pose no threat. And when a real terrorist comes our way, albeit the isolated case of a mentally ill man, we make mistakes that may prevent the implementation of justice.